Landa at the 2017 Tour de France
|Full name||Mikel Landa Meana|
|Born||13 December 1989|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb; 9 st 11 lb)|
|Current team||Movistar Team|
His career breakthrough came at the 2015 Giro d'Italia where he won two stages and finished third overall.
Landa was born in Murgia (Álava), in the Basque Country in northern Spain. Like many Basque cyclists he began his career at the Orbea Continental development team, in 2009, before graduating to the Euskaltel–Euskadi professional team in 2011. After three years with the Euskaltel–Euskadi squad, Landa left the team at the end of the 2013 season – due to its disestablishment – to join Astana. In 2018, as president of the Euskadi Cycling Foundation, new UCI Continental squad: Team Fundación Euskadi was established, with expectations of returning to the top races. 
In 2015, Landa attacked from a breakaway on the final climb of the day to win the fifth stage of his home race, the Tour of the Basque Country. Landa rode the Giro d'Italia, again initially as a domestique for Aru. On Stage 8, the second mountain top finish of the race to Campitello Matese Landa finished second after following an attack by Aru, and then unsuccessfully chasing after leader Beñat Intxausti (Movistar Team) in an attempt to win the stage. By doing so Landa rose to fifth place overall, 42 seconds down on leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff–Saxo). Landa rose to third overall on Stage 10, when Richie Porte (Team Sky) was given a time penalty for accepting a wheel change from Orica–GreenEDGE rider Simon Clarke. On Stage 14, a 59.4-kilometre (36.9-mile) individual time trial, Landa was caught on the road by Contador, losing over three minutes to him, and dropped to seventh overall, 4 minutes 55 seconds back. However, the next day, Landa won the mountainous Stage 15 after attacking Contador on the final climb to Madonna di Campiglio, and proving stronger than Aru, who he finished six seconds ahead of.
After the race's second rest day on the following stage, Stage 16 was the queen's stage with five Italian Alpine peaks, including the Tonale Pass, the Mortirolo Pass and a mountain finish to Aprica. On the first of two climbs to Aprica, Contador suffered a mechanical problem, after which Team Katusha and Astana immediately pressed on the pace at the front, sparking a bit of controversy over respect and fair play. After a long chase Contador eventually caught up with Landa, Aru and Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL–Jumbo) on the Mortirolo after being 52 seconds down at the start of the climb. Contador then counter-attacked, with Landa proving stronger than Aru, who was unable to follow the move. Landa rode away on the final ascent to Aprica, winning his second stage in a row by 38 seconds over Kruijswijk and Contador. Aru finished 2 minutes and 51 seconds behind, and thus Landa moved ahead of his teammate to second overall.
However, on Stage 19 it was Aru who proved the stronger of the two, attacking on the final climb to Breuil-Cervinia and taking 1 minute and 18 seconds on Contador and Landa, who did not respond to his move. On Stage 20, the last mountain stage, Landa attacked on the Colle delle Finestre, taking the Cima Coppi for crossing the highest point of the race in the lead as he crossed the summit with Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha), a minute ahead of Aru and a minute and a half ahead of Contador. However, Landa waited for Aru on the descent, and the pair were unable to take sufficient time from Contador on the remainder of the stage, before Aru attacked on the final climb to Sestriere to win the Stage. Although Contador lost two and a half minutes on what he described as an "off-day", he kept the maglia rosa with a lead of 2' 02" over Aru to win the Giro, with Landa finishing third overall 3 minutes 14 seconds back.
Landa rode the Vuelta a España again in support of Aru, after Astana's other leader Vincenzo Nibali was disqualified on the 2nd Stage for holding onto a team car. Landa won the mountainous Stage 11 from Andorra la Vella to Cortals d'Encamp from the breakaway, ignoring team orders to drop back and assist Aru. However, Landa did work for Aru during the rest of the race as the Italian traded the race lead with Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant–Alpecin), and played a key role in the decisive move on Stage 20 when he and Aru dropped Dumoulin on the penultimate climb before being joined by teammates from the breakaway to ride away from Dumoulin, who lost over three minutes and thus the Vuelta to Aru.
Team Sky (2016–2017)Edit
After missing several early season races through illness, Landa made his first appearance for Team Sky at the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali, in which he finished 11th overall. Landa then rode his home race, the Tour of the Basque Country, where he won the second stage to take the race lead. Landa led Sky at the Giro del Trentino in his last warm up race before the Giro d'Italia. He won Stage 2 to take the race lead, and successfully defended it on the following two stages despite attacks from Astana duo Tanel Kangert and Jakob Fuglsang to take overall victory by a single second over Kangert. Landa abandoned the Giro d'Italia part-way through Stage 10 after being hampered by illness overnight and being diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis. This came just a day after he had impressed in the Stage 9 individual time trial, after which he was sitting in 8th place overall.
In January 2017, Team Sky announced that Landa would share leadership with Geraint Thomas at the Giro d'Italia. However, on stage 9, as the peloton approached the final climb of the day to Blockhaus, Wilco Kelderman of Team Sunweb collided with a police motorcycle which had been parked at the side of the road. This caused him to swerve to his right into the Sky riders, who were in a line in the peloton, and resulted in Landa and the majority of his team mates being brought down. Landa was able to remount and continue, but he finished the stage in 165th place, 26 minutes and 56 seconds down on the stage winner, Nairo Quintana. With his hopes of a high overall finish in the race over, Landa rode aggressively in several breakaways in the mountains. He finished third on Stage 14 and won his second Cima Coppi on Stage 16, beating Igor Antón (Team Dimension Data) to the summit of the Stelvio Pass. Landa finished 2nd in the stage after just being outsprinted by Vincenzo Nibali at the finish line in Bormio. Landa, also, finished 2nd two days later in Stage 18 behind Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team). Landa won Stage 19 in the summit finish to Piancavallo.
Landa was named in the start list for the Tour de France, initially as a mountain domestique for Chris Froome. On Stage 12 which finished with a short steep climb to Peyragudes, Landa finished fourth, five seconds behind stage winner Romain Bardet whilst Froome came seventh, 22 seconds down on Bardet. On Stage 13, Landa was part of a four man breakaway with Warren Barguil, Quintana and Alberto Contador. Barguil won the stage, with the quartet finishing 1:39 ahead of the other overall contenders. On Stage 15, Froome suffered a broken spoke on the Peyra Taillade climb, but with some assistance from Landa and other teammates, he was able to chase back up to the group before the summit. Landa ultimately placed fourth behind Froome, Rigoberto Urán and Bardet, finishing just 1 second behind Bardet in third.
On 29 July 2017, one week after the end of the Tour de France, Landa placed fifth in a five-rider group sprint in the Clásica de San Sebastián, which was won by teammate Michał Kwiatkowski. The following week, Landa took overall victory at the Vuelta a Burgos, as well as winning two stages and the points and mountains classifications.
Movistar Team (2018–present)Edit
- 5th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
- 10th Overall Ronde de l'Isard
- Vuelta a Burgos
- 2nd GP Miguel Indurain
- 7th Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
- 7th Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja
- 2nd Overall Vuelta a Asturias
- 2nd Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
- 6th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
- 6th Clásica de San Sebastián
- 10th Overall Giro del Trentino
- 1st Stage 4
- Vuelta a España
- 1st Stage 5 Tour of the Basque Country
- 1st Stage 2 (TTT) Vuelta a Burgos
- 2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
- 3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stages 15 & 16
- 1st Azzurri d'Italia classification
- 1st Overall Giro del Trentino
- 1st Stage 2 Tour of the Basque Country
- 1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos
- Giro d'Italia
- 1st Mountains classification
- 1st Stage 19
- 2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
- 4th Overall Tour de France
- 5th Overall Tour of the Alps
- 5th Clásica de San Sebastián
- 6th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
- 2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 6th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 1st Stage 4
- 6th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
- 7th Overall Tour de France
- Combativity award Stage 19
General classification results timelineEdit
|Grand Tour general classification results|
|Tour de France||—||—||—||—||35||4||7|
|Vuelta a España||69||39||28||25||—||—||—|
|Major stage race general classification results|
|Volta a Catalunya||—||33||36||47||—||DNF||—||—|
|Tour of the Basque Country||—||DNF||14||22||12||—||2||7|
|Tour de Romandie||35||78||—||—||—||—||—|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||83||—||—||—||12||—||—|
|Tour de Suisse||—||—||—||—||—||—||16|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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The Basque backbone remains with Samuel Sanchez, Igor Anton, Ion Izagirre, Mikel Landa, Gorka Izagirre, Pello Bilbao, Mikel Astarloza and Mikel Nieve.
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